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Domains »Use a Domain You Already Own (Domain Mapping)

Do you already own a domain name? If you would like to use it here on WordPress.com you can transfer it to us and manage your site and domain all in one place, with no need to manually configure DNS records at another domain provider.

Or if you prefer to keep your domain and site at different providers, you also have the option to “map” your existing domain to your site. You will need an upgraded WordPress.com plan on your site in order to map a domain. Each paid plan comes with a free domain credit you can use to either register a new domain, or transfer one you already own, and then you can map as many additional domains to the same site as you want at no additional cost.

If you’re trying to map a subdomain (for example: blog.yourgroovydomain.com instead of yourgroovydomain.com), use our Map A Subdomain support page instead.

1. Add domain mapping

Go to the Domains page, select your site, and choose the Add Domain option.
Add new domain

Click the Use a domain I own link next to “Already own a domain?”

Use a domain you already own

Under “Map your domain without moving it from your current registrar” click the Buy Domain Mapping button.

Click "Buy Domain Mapping" button.

Enter the domain you’d like to map and click the blue Add button:

Map a domain you own

Complete the checkout process for the domain mapping and WordPress.com plan (if you didn’t have a plan already).

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2. Point your domain to us

This step must be completed with the company you purchased your domain from. You can contact the support department at your domain registrar for help if necessary. If you are not sure what to say, here is a sample email you can send:

I would like to use my domain with a WordPress.com site. In order to do this, I need to point my domain’s name servers to the following:

ns1.wordpress.com
ns2.wordpress.com
ns3.wordpress.com

Remember to remove your old name servers when you add the WordPress.com name servers, or you may find that the process won’t be successful.

You may also see a “Connect Your Domain” option that allows you to map your domain with a few simple steps instead of manually editing your DNS. Currently this option is only available if your domain is registered at GoDaddy or 1 and 1 and isn’t already pointed to WordPress.com, but we hope that other registrars will choose to add support for this option.

If this option is available and you would like to use it, complete the following steps:

  • Click on “Connect Your Domain”
  • Click the “Configure Your Domain Settings” button
  • Log into your account at your domain registrar (or DNS provider) when you see the prompt
  • Confirm that you want to set your domain to point to WordPress.com
  • This will create the necessary DNS changes at your registrar/DNS provider to use your domain here

If you later decide you no longer want to point your domain to WordPress.com, you can log into your registrar/DNS provider to remove the DNS records and point the domain elsewhere.

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3. Wait for the magic

Depending on the order that you add everything, you may want to head back over to Domains and make sure the domain you just mapped is set as your primary domain.

Once it’s set as the primary, if the domain doesn’t load correctly or you see an error, don’t worry. It can take a few hours for your domain name servers (DNS) to update fully. You will also likely need to clear your browser’s cache.


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What about email?

If you have email on your domain, there are a few more steps to make this work now that your name servers point here. See our guide on how to update your email records.

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Update the DNS yourself

If you prefer not to contact your registrar’s support or use the “Connect Your Domain” option as listed in Step 2, you can log in to your account at your domain registrar, and replace any existing name servers with these three domain name server (DNS) addresses:

  • NS1.WORDPRESS.COM
  • NS2.WORDPRESS.COM
  • NS3.WORDPRESS.COM

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Instructions for common domain providers

You can usually change your name servers at your domain registrar’s website, but the process is different for each registrar. Instructions for popular registrars are available below:

If you’re having trouble finding where to change your DNS settings,
we recommend that you contact your domain registrar’s support department for help.

Note: When changing your name servers at your domain registrar’s website, some registrars require that you input them using all lowercase letters (eg. ns1.wordpress.com instead of NS1.WORDPRESS.COM).

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Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs)

Your domain name is an IDN if it contains language-specific characters such as ä, û, ע, ж, 字, मा. Domain registration, transfers-in, and mapping for IDNs, also known as Internationalized Domain Names, is not currently supported at WordPress.com.

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